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  • Superb opening of season

    Superb opening of season

    ConcertCharlie Siem, violin soloist,Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, dir. Brian SchembriManoel Theatre It was hot, humid and stuffy and a rainstorm was to break out when it was over. Still, it was an experience not to be missed. The Manoel’s concert...

  • A taste of Malta at Verona Arena

    A taste of Malta at Verona Arena

    There was a bit of Malta at the Arena di Verona at the end of last month as the curtain fell on the last opera-related event at the most prestigious summer venue in Italy. L’opera è… la grande bellezza saw the launch of two young Maltese companies...

  • Rare John Lennon guitar up for auction

    Rare John Lennon guitar up for auction

    A guitar that John Lennon played on the recording of The Beatles song Paperback Writer is expected to fetch up to $1 million at auction. Lennon gave his Gretsch 6120 guitar to his cousin, David Birch, in November 1967 – a year after the hit single...

  • ‘Exhausted’ BB King cancels shows

    ‘Exhausted’ BB King cancels shows

    Blues guitarist BB King has cancelled the remaining eight performances of his current tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion. King’s official website says he fell ill on Friday evening during a performance at the House of Blues...

  • Demon by the name of Annabelle hits screens

    Demon by the name of Annabelle hits screens

    There is a new demon in town, and she is hiding among the toys. Annabelle, released in the US over the weekend, kicks off October’s Halloween offerings at the box office with the origin story of a porcelain doll that masks a sinister secret, a...

  • From queens to superheroes, costumes find Hollywood home

    From queens to superheroes, costumes find Hollywood home

    Dorothy’s famous ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz have found their way home again as one of the highlights in a new Hollywood exhibition that showcases iconic costumes in film. The Hollywood Costume exhibit, which has just opened in Los...

  • Mysterious Victorian vampire killer kit

    A mysterious vampire slaying kit – complete with holy water, a mallet and a set of wooden stakes – is on show in a new exhibition dedicated to the strange and supernatural world of the gothic. The box, which also includes a crucifix, rosary beads...

  • Of Gandhi and non-violence

    Of Gandhi and non-violence

    A hollowed-out handgun becomes a first-aid kit for gunshot victims. Fragments from the feet of Buddha statues stand near a painting of ghostly dancers entitled Hiroshima. Photographs of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi hang by images of...

  • Music and art at first tattoo expo

    Music and art at first tattoo expo

    With preparations in full swing for Malta’s first tattoo convention, Ramona Depares catches up with one of the organisers, Damian Allison to find out more. As Malta gets ready for the first tattoo convention, musicians, artists and performers...

  • A-Team, Star Trek and Game of Thrones stars for comics expo

    A-Team, Star Trek and Game of Thrones stars for comics expo

    Faceman from the A Team and The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager are set to make a number of fans happy as the actors behind the two beloved roles join a host of other big names for the first edition of The Malta Comics & Pop Culture Expo. The expo...

  • Culture in Europe provides jobs for 8 million

    Recently announced was the fact that Malta’s Capital of Culture in 2018 will be held under Hungary’s Tibor Navracsic’s term. Navracsic is the new Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship for the European Union executive for...

  • One of Verdi’s greatest exhibitions

    One of Verdi’s greatest exhibitions

    The Astra Theatre has seen a good number of all-time greats such as Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Aldo Protti, Ghena Dimitrova and Giuseppe Giacomini, just to name a few, gracing the boards. Now, celebrated bass Carlo Colombara will be interpreting the...

  • Debut single and video from WaterWings

    Debut single and video from WaterWings

    Alternative rock four-piece band WaterWings has just launched its debut single, Steal the Crown, with accompanying video. Made up of musicians Marc Alan Spiteri on bass and keyboard and vocals, Ryan Bezzina on drums, Luca Baldacchino on guitars...

  • A collective exhibition by Din l-Art Ħelwa

    Din l-Art Ħelwa will launch its Golden Jubilee celebrations, due in 2015, with an exhibition by 30 of Malta’s best-known artists, who have donated works to help raise funds for the conservation of patrimony. The participating artists are Andrew...

  • Percussion’s primal power

    Percussion’s primal power

    Powerplant is a project fusing percussive music with electronic music and video art. Percussionist Joby Burgess takes David Schembri through the ins and outs of the project. Percussion is, at its very basic, hitting things to make a sound. For...

  • Highly inspired jazz catalogues

    Highly inspired jazz catalogues

    He describes his musical awakening as a process that is ongoing... a journey in which he admits he is still discovering all that the music world has to offer in terms of performance and composition skills. Paris-based Maltese saxophonist Carlo...

  • An earful of prescription rock

    An earful of prescription rock

    Songwriting duo Mistura are just about to launch their first album, a 64-minute concept affair. David Schembri tries to find out the formula behind it. In a time where a large number of people get their music on YouTube or on streaming services,...

  • A fusion of world-class choreography

    Just Dance may sound trivial to describe or do ‘justice’ to the excellence of achievement registered by a recent two-night run of performances at Pjazza Teatru Rjal. Trying hard to ignore the bangs from not so distant fireworks/petards, the second...

  • Ritty Tacsum exhibition in Sliema

    Ritty Tacsum exhibition in Sliema

    Seventeen works by photographer Ritty Tacsum are currently on show at the Lily Agius Gallery in Sliema. Tacsum was invited to hold an exhibition by gallerist Lily Agius following the photographer’s participation in the summer collective that was...

  • Music marathon for the homeless

    Music marathon for the homeless

    A three-day music marathon in aid of YMCA Homeless and the Hospice Movement is being held at Talbot & Bons, a cafe-wine-lounge at Skyparks Business Centre, Luqa. Spread over 50 hours with non-stop music, the festival will feature some 45 acts,...

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